Cody Radziewicz's hometown of Manilus, N.Y., is about 12 miles by car from the Carrier Dome, the home venue for Syracuse. But the Johns Hopkins junior midfielder said the Blue Jays were his first choice for lacrosse.
"My first-ever sweatshirt was actually a Johns Hopkins hoodie," Radziewicz said Tuesday. "I've always rooted for Johns Hopkins. When I lived in Syracuse, I'd always go to their games, but this was my favorite game to go see when I was kid. It was always so much fun to watch."
The No. 8 Blue Jays (3-2) – who host the No. 3 Orange (5-0) on Saturday at 4 p.m. at Homewood Field in Baltimore – have benefited from Radziewicz's decision. He has recorded four goals and one assist this season, and since being promoted to the first midfield, he has scored two goals on seven shots and added one assist in two starts.
The 6-foot, 180-pound Radziewicz's second choice wasn't Syracuse either, originally committing to Cornell. But late in the process, he changed his mind.
"I think your feelings change as the recruiting process unfolds," coach Dave Pietramala said. "Maybe not staying right at home, but not going too far from home was something that Cody wanted to do. He wanted to try to experience something different. He had kind of made that clear when we first started talking, and when things didn't work out for him at Cornell, we looked at it as an opportunity for us. It worked out academically. He's been a fine student since he's been here. He's been a model citizen and certainly been an important part of our success."
Radziewicz still has a connection to the Orange as his sister Alexa is a freshman defender on the women's team who has played in all eight games including two starts.
"I'll always get a text from her before these games," Radziewicz said. "She'll always say, 'Good luck,' and then I always try to reach out to her before her games. Sometimes it's tough because she plays on Saturdays as well."
Asked which team Alexa Radziewicz would support on Saturday, her older brother replied, "I think she's probably rooting for us."
Johns Hopkins is 1-2 against Syracuse with Radciewicz on the roster. But Radciewicz – who has posted one goal on four shots and one assist in three meetings with the Orange – said he wouldn't treat Saturday's game that much differently from those against other opponents on the team's schedule.
"I would say it has as much meaning for anybody else when they play their hometown [team]," he said. "You want to come out, you want to play your best game, but most important is that you come out with your team and you just play your game and try to have fun with everybody else. You don't try to do anything too crazy. Just play your game and have fun."